Malaria elimination and universal health coverage go hand in hand

Malaria elimination
Mark Henley/WHO

Geneva, 23 May 2018 - Realizing the vision of a world free of malaria will only be possible alongside the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC). That was the main message conveyed by ministers and other senior health officials at a side event held on the occasion of the 71st World Health Assembly – the annual meeting of WHO’s decision-making body.

World Malaria Day - 25 April 2018

Seven decades, seven voices in the global malaria fight
This year’s World Malaria Day coincides with activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of WHO. The Global Malaria Programme is marking the Day with a series of interviews with leaders and advocates in the global malaria response, as they reflect on key moments in fighting this disease over the past 7 decades.

India takes on malaria in its highest burden state

Indian photo story
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Since 2000, India has made major inroads in reducing the toll of malaria. But the path towards elimination has proven a challenge in the eastern state of Odisha, which carries more than 40% of the country’s malaria burden. In recent years, the state government has dramatically scaled up efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria – with impressive results seen in a short span of time

Greater Mekong countries pledge to accelerate malaria elimination efforts

Member countries comprising Greater Mekong subregion - Cambodia, China, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam – adopted a call for action on 8 December 2017, to accelerated action to eliminate malaria by the year 2030.

The call comes amid concern over resistance of malaria parasites to antimalarial drugs, including artemisinin—the core compound of the best available antimalarial medicines. To date, resistance has been detected in five of the six GMS countries. The best way to address the threat posed by drug resistance is to eliminate malaria altogether from the countries of the Mekong.

Eliminating malaria by 2030 – South-East Asia Region Member States reaffirm commitment

Declaration on malaria elimination
Ministerial and high-level delegates from all the countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region signing the declaration on malaria elimination

29 November 2017 - Health ministers, representatives of Member States and development partners from across the WHO South-East Asia Region gathered in New Delhi for a special, high-level meeting on eliminating malaria from the WHO South-East Asia Region by 2030.

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Population at risk (2017)

1.6 billionPeople in the SEA Region at risk of malaria

World Malaria Report 2018

Confirmed malaria cases (2017)

1.24 millionConfirmed cases of malaria in SEA Region

World Malaria Report 2018

Reported malaria deaths (2017)

299Reported malaria deaths in SEA Region

World Malaria Report 2018


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